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Porsche 924 Turbo Research Reveals Sardinian Past

by | Apr 9, 2013 | Classic Porsche Blog, Porsche News, Project Cars

Had some nice feedback on my latest 924 Turbo maintenance piece: thanks for that. I finally heard back from Porsche GB on getting a build date for the car, so I sent off my £65 for a Letter of Origin. Should be enough to register it here once it’s MOTed.

Porsche 924 Turbo Ferdinand 1

While writing the cheque for Porsche Cars GB, it occurred to me that Italy must have a HPI system for its cars, so I googled that and found the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) website. It’s the only source of info for Italian cars, and looked great. If you speak Italian and have a Codice Fiscale (Social Security number), you can find out anything you want about a car for a modest fee.

Much as I love Italia, I have neither the language nor the residency to go all the way with ACI, but Google Translate helped me find a section of the site to check tax status on a car registered in Italy. My 1980 924 Turbo carries the reg prefix RA, which is Emilia-Ravenna district, but the tax site showed it as last registered in Sardinia. The ragu thickens.

Porsche 924 Turbo Ferdinand 3

Amongst the nondescript paper shrapnel pulled from the car, I did find a stack of business cards from a bodyshop in Cagliari, capital of Sardinia. I emailed them a few months back but heard nothing in return. It’s obvious that they painted it, many moons ago.

The paint is now shot to pieces, but at some stage it probably looked OK. This led me to searching 924 Turbos in Cagliari and finding more Italian 924s with these Fisher-Price indicators on the front wings. I’m probably taking them off mine when we paint it: wonder who at Porsche Italy thought they were the right way to go.

Porsche 924 Turbo Ferdinand 4

Anyway, Sardinia Car Tax Online says this car was registered 1/1/1980, so I am guessing there was no official production date put forward when it was registered there. I could try to register it using the paperwork I gleaned from the ACI site, but I’ll wait to see what £65 buys me from Porsche: I’ll be cross if they also say 1/1/1980.

At least I’m now sure that rust-free chassis is because it lived in the sun for ages. I know it’s nothing special to most people, but I really like this car.


  1. Steve C

    A 924 turbo will become even more special John once people realise how few there are left. You could try Marc Noack at Porsche de for the original build and delivery to dealer date of your car to confirm its age further.

  2. John Joseph

    John I’ve been following your journey on the 924t and actually have now bought a 924S and an early 944. They have replaced my 911SC in my affections since the speculators have done what they do to 911 prices.
    Best porsche drive / smile you can get per pound and the engineering is such high quality. Hope one day to see yours in the flesh. Invested in all new belts and bearings whilst also putting a turbo badge panel on – much meaner.
    Think I’ll keep it forever…
    John Joseph


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